If you floss properly, you can eliminate plaque and food debris that lie in your mouth in places which cannot be easily accessed by a toothbrush. These unwanted items can be found between your teeth and under your gum line. The build-up of plaque is harmful for teeth, overtime it can cause gum diseases and tooth decay. To avoid any such undesirable outcomes, flossing regularly is the key.
In order to floss correctly and benefit from it, following the below-mentioned techniques can help.
- To begin, you need around 18 inches of floss. The major portion of the floss needs to be wrapped around the middle finger or the index, whichever you prefer, and leaving about two inches which you can work with. It might seem like a lot of floss but you need enough to clean all your teeth.
- The remainder floss needs to be held between your index finger and thumb or can also be wrapped around the index finger or middle finger.
- For the above-mentioned steps, hold the floss in a position which makes it comfortable and easy for you to work with.
- You need to slide the floss between your teeth gently and move it around in a zigzag motion.
- Do not floss too hard wherein the floss snaps or pops.
- When you reach the base of the tooth, gently curve the floss around the base, almost like a ‘C ‘shape. Do not do this too hard or force the floss as you may land up cutting or bruising the gum line, which is quite delicate.
- Floss between and around the teeth, floss on the tooth surface and under the gum line. Do not forget the back of the tooth which needs to be flossed as well.
- As you move from tooth to tooth, make sure to use a clean section of the floss.
- To remove the floss from between your teeth, use the same motion that you used to go down. Gently move it back and forth and bring it up.
What type of floss to use?
There are two types available:
- PTFE (monofilament) floss – This floss is more expensive and made of single filament (PTFE). Since it’s made of a single filament, it’s shred resistant.
- Nylon (or multifilament) floss – Available in different flavours and in waxed and unwaxed form. This floss is made up of many strands of nylon and hence, the chances of shredding or tearing are higher. This is especially true when in between the teeth and in contact with teeth.
Both are equally good when used in the right manner.
Flossing is an integral part of your oral hygiene routine. It doesn’t matter whether you start on top or bottom, as long as you cover all the teeth and carry out this process on a regular basis. If you haven’t started flossing, then it’s never too late to begin. Just like brushing, make flossing a habit which you want to carry on all the time.
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